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Agile Transformation

Agile software development methods can deliver tremendous impact to software development. Studies show Agile can deliver higher quality, shorter development cycles, improved customer value and lower cost. The value is clear. However, Agile is not a magic bullet – there are key factors to consider when implementing Agile software development in an enterprise context to produce the results you’re looking for in terms of improved quality, more rapid cycle times and cost savings.

According to Dr. Ahmed Sidky, a leading Agilist and co-author of "Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World," it is critical to understand an organization's readiness to move to Agile including potential constraints. He suggests that Agile transformation should be undertaken in distinct stages to reduce overall risk and improve time to value. Agile transformation done right can indeed provide many benefits to an organization in terms of quality, reduced development times and costs, and improved customer satisfaction. The challenge for a large enterprise often becomes balancing the flexibility, transparency and collaboration needed for Agile while ensuring management oversight across both Agile and traditional teams.

PTC Integrity is a recognized leader in Agile for the enterprise and PTC Integrity has been an integral part of our customers’ successful Agile transformations. PTC Integrity's process configurability, out of the box support for both Agile and traditional methods (with a Scrum template that is usable out of the box), and our strength in supporting the running of Agile development software is what drives both analyst recognition and customer adoption of our solutions. The table below lists many of the most common impediments to enterprise Agile as well as the key capabilities of the PTC Integrity platform to uniquely solve them.

 

Agile Transformation Impediment
PTC Integrity Solution Capabilities
Lack of Process Flexibility
Many organizations adopt text-book Agile with standard Agile tooling. Agile "project management" does not scale well and will not address the information and compliance demands of large organizations.
  • Out-of-the box support for Agile, iterative, and waterfall processes
  • Configurable process automation via graphical workflow designer
  • Support for traditional development assets and processes
Lack of Mixed Method Support
The diversity of many organizations requires the use of more than one methodology to be successful. While Agile may work for many groups, it rarely works for all, therefore, a platform that supports traditional and Agile methods (or a mix of the two) is critical.
Geographically Distributed Teams
Although not optimal for Agile teams, geographic distribution is a fact of life in most enterprises, therefore, an Agile solution must foster collaboration of disparate teams.
  • Multi-platform architecture optimization to support remote connections
  • Full featured web browser-based client for global collaboration
  • Federated architecture with efficient central administration
Regulatory Compliance
Many organizations want to move to Agile, but compliance requirements create risk that typical Agile tools cannot handle. These organizations need a proven platform for managing this risk.
  • Automated change and history tracking  for complete traceability
  • Report generation in mouse-clicks instead of person-weeks
  • Enforceable process control for regulated entities or practices without impeding Agile practices
Organizational Complexity
The complexity of many organizations does not lend itself to typical Agile tooling. Many organizations need flexibility and scalability for thousands of users.
  • Support for hierarchical requirements from requests, to features, to epic and user stories
  • Traditional and Agile team support with metrics roll-ups
  • Highly scalable architecture for thousands of users

 

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